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Ali Landry


 

Born Ali Germaine Landry
July 21, 1973 (age 38)
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana,United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Miss Louisiana Teen USA 1990
Miss Louisiana USA 1996
Miss USA 1996
Major
competition(s)
Miss Teen USA 1990
(Top 12)
Miss USA 1996
(Winner)
(Miss Photogenic)
Miss Universe 1996
(Top 6)
Spouse Mario Lopez (April 24, 2004 – May 8, 2004), annulled
Alejandro Gomez Monteverde(April 8, 2006 – present)
Children Estela Ines Monteverde, born on 11 July 2007 (age 4)
Marcelo Alejandro, born on 8 October 2011 (age 0)

 

Early life

Landry grew up in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. This southern region of Louisiana is referred to as “Acadiana”, or Cajun country. Landry is of French (Cajun) descent. She attended Cecilia High School, graduating in 1991. In high school, she was captain of the cheerleaders. She attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana and majored in mass communication. She is an alumna of Kappa Delta Sorority.

Pageantry

Her first foray into pageantry came in 1990 when she was crowned Miss Louisiana Teen USA. She represented Louisiana in the 1990 Miss Teen USA pageant held in Biloxi, Mississippi in July 1990, where she placed first in the preliminary swimsuit and evening gown competitions, but was ranked seventh during the final competition and couldn’t reach the final 6.

In 1995, Landry won the 1996 Miss Louisiana USA title, becoming the first former Miss Louisiana Teen USA to win the Miss crown. She went on to compete in the 1996 Miss USA pageant, which was broadcast live from South Padre Island, Texas in February 1996 — she placed third highest after the preliminary competition and second highest on average during the final Top 10 competition. She was the highest placed of the Top 6 finalists and eventually went on to win the 1996 title.

She is the first former Miss Teen USA delegate to actually win the Miss USA crown (her predecessor Shanna Moakler, previously Miss Rhode Island Teen USA, Miss New York USA and first runner-up to Miss USA Chelsi Smith, only inherited the title after Smith became Miss Universe).

Landry competed in the 1996 Miss Universe pageant held in Las Vegas in May that year. She placed first in the preliminary competition and was ranked second in the evening gown and interview events during the final competition. She was second going in to the next round of six delegates, but she was eliminated after the judges’ questions.

Until 1999, Landry was the only former Miss Teen USA delegate to compete at Miss Universe. Her record at all three pageants was not surpassed until 2000 when Miss USA 2000, Lynnette Cole made the top 5 at all three pageants.

Post pageants

Landry has done much modeling for photographers and magazines. As a spokeswoman for the Doritos chips brand, she appeared in celebrated TV commercials airing during the 1998, 1999 and 2000 Super Bowl football games. She was named by People magazine as one of 50 most beautiful people in the world in 1998.Her house was featured on E!’s celebrity homes and on MTV’s Cribs. She has been listed as one of FHM magazine’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World numerous times. She was twice named on Stuff Magazine’s 100 Sexiest Women list. Askmen.com has named her one of the 50 Most Beautiful Women and 99 Most Desirable Women in the World.

In 2002, she hosted the second season of the hidden-camera series Spy TV. From 2003 to 2006, she was a regular cast member of the UPN sitcom Eve.

Landry has participated in the show Fear Factor and was runner-up. She is an avid athlete and also participated in the Boston Marathon.

Currently, she hosts the English and Spanish-language versions of Spotlight to Nightlight, an interview show on Yahoo where she talks with celebrity mothers about parenting issues. She also launched a lifestyle line, Belle Parish in 2009. Belle Parish launched with a children’s clothing line in September 2009 and will be in stores Spring 2010. The line is inspired by her Southern upbringing and the keepsake items her mother saved from her childhood.

Landry will be starring in (and is the executive producer of) TV Guide Network’s upcoming show, Hollywood Moms’ Club, which airs in November 2011. For the year 2012 she’ll be the new face and spokesmodel of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula, following in the footsteps of celeb moms Samantha Harris and Laila Aliwho’ve previously posed for Palmer’s.

Personal life

Landry later met actor and TV personality Mario Lopez when he emceed the Miss Teen USA 1998 pageant and she was a commentator. They were engaged during the summer of 2003 and married on April 24, 2004, in a Roman Catholic ceremony in front of 50 guests at the exclusive Las Alamandas resort outside Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.Two weeks later she had the marriage annulled over infidelities committed by Lopez during the relationship.

She married film director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde on April 8, 2006 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.Their daughter Estela Ines Monteverde was born on July 11, 2007. On April 22, 2011, People magazine was the first to announce that she was three months pregnant with a second child due in autumn 2011. Landry welcomed her second child, a boy named Marcelo Alejandro, on October 8, 2011 in Los Angeles

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Alexz Johnson


Birth name Alexzandra Spencer Johnson
Born November 4, 1986(age 25)[citation needed]
New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Pop, world, folk-pop, alternative rock
Occupations Vocalist, songwriter, musician,actress
Instruments Vocals guitar
Years active 2000–present
Labels Epic, Capitol, inDiscover Recordings, Orange Lounge Recording Co.

Early life

From age three, Johnson would frequently sing for her large extended family. By age seven, she was receiving vocal training, participating in festivals with her local youth choir, and giving solo performances at school and community functions. She entered many talent contests and festivals, winning a National Anthem Contest at the age of 11, with her rendition of the National Anthem being heard on national television. This resulted in numerous radio and television interviews, as well as interest from management. That year, she was also voted Best Anthem singer of the season by the Vancouver Sun.Johnson was born in New Westminster, British Columbia and raised in nearby Coquitlam,the sixth of ten children. One of her sisters is a stage actress, and her brother Brendan is a musician with whom she often collaborates.

Locally, Johnson was often referred to as the “West Coast Celine” and sang the Canadian National Anthem at games for the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks and the NBA’s Vancouver Grizzlies (now based in Memphis). She also performed at charity events and fairs around the province, in addition to the B.C. Summer Games. She opened the Variety Club show singing a duet with Bob McGrath, sang the first set of songs at the Molson Indy (a major car race), and entertained on New Year’s Eve at Planet Hollywood at the age of 12.

Career

2000–03: Career beginnings and So Weird

Johnson was offered the job immediately after her audition. She also showed an interest in songwriting, and co-wrote one of the songs for So Weird. After the show ended, she continued her interest in songwriting, co-writing with her brother. In 2002, after a few acting gigs under her belt, Johnson focused on her music career. Several labels offered her contracts, but she held off, wanting more creative control and a hand in the songwriting.Although she was only focused on singing at the time, Johnson decided to pursue a career in acting at the age of 11, where she “walked into an acting agency and told them [she] wanted to sing.” She landed auditions for commercials and a showcase for a pilot called “Most Talented Kids”. She auditioned for the Disney television series So Weird which, for the final season of the show, was looking for a lead actress who could also sing.

In 2001, Johnson teamed up with the production/songwriting team of Johnny Elkins and CJ Vanston and had a more bubblegum pop sound. With her work with Vanston and Elkins ending around 2003, Johnson ended up working with her brother on demos. These were the types of songs included on the demo CD she sent to the executives of Instant Star with her audition tape.

Johnson has continued with several acting projects, including the role of Angel in the Lifetime original movie Selling Innocence and guest roles in shows such asThe Chris Isaak ShowCold Squad, and The Collector.

2004–07: Instant Star and acting roles

In 2004, Johnson sent in an audition tape to the producers of Degrassi: The Next Generation for their upcoming showInstant Star. They were specifically looking for a Canadian teen actress/vocalist to play the lead role, Jude Harrison. The first audition tape Executive Producer Stephen Stohn received was Johnson’s, and he was convinced she was exactly the one who would be perfect for the role.[citation needed]Instant Star cast photo (credit to Epitome Pictures)

After its first season, Instant Star was nominated for three Gemini Awards (the Canadian equivalent of the AmericanEmmy Award) in the category of Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series, including a nomination for Best Performance (Alexz Johnson). On August 28, 2007, the show received three more Gemini Award nominations, in the category of Best Children’s or Youth Program or Series, including another for Best Performance (Alexz Johnson, in the episode, “I Fought the Law”).

Johnson sang all of the songs that her character Jude, on Instant Star performed on the show. She recorded soundtracks for each of the four seasons of Instant StarSongs from Instant StarSongs from Instant Star TwoSongs from Instant Star Three, and Songs From Instant Star Four. She wrote/co-wrote five of the songs on the first season’s soundtrack, including “24 Hours”, “Let Me Fall”, “Criminal, “Skin”, and “That Girl”, which Johnson had written before when she was fourteen.

Most of the original recordings for the originally planned debut album were written by Johnson in early 2005, but she had yet to find a major label to help create and release the songs. In early 2006, Johnson had announced she was to leave the indie Canadian label Orange Records, that had released the first two soundtracks to Instant Star, in search of something to showcase her as an artist and not her fictional counterpart, Jude Harrison.

Johnson auditioned for the role of Julie Christenson in the thriller Final Destination 3. She showed up at the audition in an all black, punk rockish outfit, later claiming that she had also been in a bad mood. The casting directors concluded she was a better fit for the role of Erin Ulmer, a character with a bad attitude. Her performance attracted praise from some critics, even from one (writing for The Philadelphia Inquirer) who said: “The characters are so loathsome, you’re glad to see them go. Except for two: the goth couple Ian (Kris Lemche) and Erin (Alexz Johnson). He’s a cynical know-it-all, like Dennis Miller with black fingernails; she’s like Parker Posey with raccoon mascara..” In 2007, Johnson starred in theLifetime movie, Devil’s Diary, for which she received a Leo Award nomination, in the category of Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature-Length Drama.

2008–09: Struggles with starting her music career

On August 26, 2008, Johnson was nominated a third time for a Gemini award. On October 21, 2008, she won the Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series, for the Instant Star episode “Let It Be.” Johnson continued with Instant Star for four seasons, and expected to return for a fifth. This was interrupted when CTV and The N both pulled funding following the fourth season, which led to the cancellation of the series. This allowed Johnson to go back to focusing on her music.

After a showcase in New York City, Johnson met with several labels and producers and chose Capitol Records, which allowed her to work with Paul Buckmaster, though her brother was the main producer of the material at the time. In writing songs for the album, she worked with UK writers Martin Terefe and Sacha Skarbek as well as producer/songwriter Brio Taliaferro. On June 25, 2007, Johnson appeared on MTV Canada. She confirmed that all of her songs had been written and recorded. She planned on shopping for a label over the next few months and hoped to release the album in the winter.

On February 15, 2008, she announced in her MySpace blog that she had signed a record deal with label Epic Records (part of the Sony BMG group), expecting the album to be released in the fall. Having heard the first six songs, Stephen Stohn, in his MySpace blog of Feb. 16, 2008, commented that, “they are just incredibly good – very different from the songs you’ve come to know through Instant Star, much more rhythmic, with almost a world beat.”

In an interview in 2008, she described her upcoming album as “pop with eclectic world rhythms and influences”, citing influences from “older artists” such as Paul Simon, Kate Bush, and Annie Lennox, and saying that she was “trying to find a way to make those great older songs younger.”

The producer for the album became Greg Wells after Johnson was introduced to him through his brother Rob Wells, one of the songwriters for Instant Star. The new arrangement with Epic Records also affected the line-up of artists for the Instant Star 4 soundtrack, as the record label allowed her a maximum of four songs onInstant Star 4. In her MySpace blog of February 15, 2008, Johnson indicated that she was planning an extensive tour around her new album, saying of her songs that, “I can’t wait to perform them live! Looking forward to seeing all of your faces!” Johnson also began working with multi instrumentalist Luis Conte and legendary strings expert Paul Buckmaster. Five songs were posted on her MySpace page by her record company on June 11, 2008. These songs were supposed to appear in her upcoming album and were entitled: “Easy”, “Swallowed”, “Chicago”, “Golden”, and “Running With the Devil”.

Johnson appeared in the hit CW series Smallville episode “Legion”, as the super heroine Saturn Girl. The episode aired on January 15, 2009. She was the second actress from Instant Star to appear in the show, the first one being Laura Vandervoort. She also appeared in the TV-movie version of the Lois Duncan novel Stranger with My Face, in which she plays twin sisters who were separated at birth. She stated that the filming—which included a dramatic scene in which her two characters conflict through astral projection, leading to a fall off a cliff and into a waterfall—was so mentally and physically demanding, that she felt like she could never take on another role like it again. It premiered on Lifetime Movie network on August 29, 2009. The director of Stranger with My Face, Jeff Renfroe, greatly praised what he saw when working with Johnson and her costar Andrew Francis. “They’re both young actors who came from the school of working from the gut and not trying to intellectualize everything.”[citation needed]

In a February 2009 interview with the Times-Colonist, a newspaper in Victoria, British Columbia, Johnson said that her album was completely finished, noting that she was simply waiting for changes to be finalized with the new head of her label, Amanda Ghost, who had worked with Johnson on the album. She hoped to have the album out by September 2009, followed by tours through parts of Europe and North America.

Before the album’s release date, Epic Records removed Johnson from their Artist Lists. Johnson later gave clarification on her website that launched August 11, 2009, saying “Epic has released over a third of their artists from their contracts and, la dee da… I’m one of those artists…” She also later clarified in an interview that the “head of the label who signed [her] ended up shifting to a different company. It led a lot of artists on Epic astray.” She confirmed that due to losing her deal with Epic, she would be releasing a different album independently with her brother Brendan producing. She said she hopes that her unreleased debut album with Epic would see the light one day, noting that for now, the songs are still tied up in the arrangement with Epic.

2009–11: VoodooReloaded, and Internet promotion

The independent release will be by the company which also runs her website – Laydee Spencer Music, Inc. On August 27, 2009, Johnson released a list of songs that are going to be on her album in alphabetical order, and later requested fans to go through the clips of five upcoming songs on her site, and to recommend which should be the lead-off single. The tracks posted were: “L.A. Made Me”, “Hurricane Girl”, “Voodoo”, “A Little Bit”, and “Trip Around the World”. On December 1, 2009 it was announced that her debut album Voodoo would be released on March 30, 2010. The debut single, Trip Around The World, was released on February 2, 2010 along with a music video shot by Michael Maxxis. Johnson shared in an interview that her favourite songs of Voodoo are “Look At Those Eyes”, “Voodoo”, and “Gonna Get It”.

Later in 2010, Johnson informed her fans through her Twitter account and her official website that all the songs from Voodoo would be remixed by The Demolition Crew due to lack of airplay. The Demolition Crew undertook to make the songs more radio-friendly. Reloaded, as the remix album’s name is, was released on April 26, 2011. The first single, “Boogie Love (The Demolition Crew Remix)” was released on January 11, 2011 while the second one, “Look At Those Eyes (The Demolition Crew Remix)”, was released on March 29, 2011.

While awaiting the release of Reloaded, Johnson became a trending topic on Twitter for four days. This was due to the ABC Family television series Pretty Little Liars playing “Time to Be Your 21,” a song sung by Johnson in the series Instant Star, in the season finale. While trending on Twitter, she garnered attention fromDemi Lovato and Nelly Furtado. Lovato has spoken several times about Johnson being her inspiration to start a career in music, while Furtado spoke about her single “Look At Those Eyes” calling it “an event”. With the help of the Twitter trend, Johnson made the homepage of several online sites, including L.A. Times Ministry of Gossip Blog.

Johnson created a YouTube account where she posts videos of herself performing along with her brother Brendan James Johnson, and Jimmy Robbins. On June 22, 2011 Johnson held two live concerts on Stage It for fans around the world. The concerts were performed online via webcam along with her band “The Bed”. On June 24, 2011 it was announced that Johnson was the new voice of television series Degrassi: The Next Generation Season 11 new opening theme song. The idea came naturally as Demacio “Demo” Castellón was producing the track and asked her if she could contribute to it.

2011-present: The Basement Recordings and Skipping Stone

Johnson has revealed that she is writing for her next album and hoping to enter the studio by the end of the Summer to start recording. Her brother and Johnson released a digital album of demos entitled, The Basement Recordings, on August 26th, 2011.

In October, via Twitter, Johnson announced her plans to release an EP featuring new material, and confirmed on October 29, that she was in New York filming the music video for her new single Skipping Stone. Johnson confirmed that her EP, Skipping Stone would be out in January 2012, with the video premiere released in December.

Other work

Philanthropy

During the peak of her run on So Weird, Johnson ended up performing and visiting the Nashville Kids Fair where she also hosted the event. During her time in Nashville, Johnson ended up visiting ill children in a local hospital. The trip was made as a part of an outreach by Disney Channel, as Johnson visited the children with the dog who starred in the Disney original film Air Bud.During 2001, Johnson worked with World Vision, and had a section on her official site where fans could order shirts with a design done by Johnson and also featuring her autograph. Unfortunately, there were production problems and the shirts were never sent out. Johnson made an apology on her site and provided refunds to everyone who ordered one. In 2002, she performed as the opening act at Wayne Gretzky’s celebrity dinner and auction, held in Edmonton, Alberta, to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald children’s charity.

During 2002 and 2003, Johnson focused on her music, but decided to perform with several charitable organizations. She worked with David Foster, opening for his charity events for the David Foster Foundation. After the season premiere of the second season of Instant Star on The N she also did a public service announcement for Second Harvest which was assisting the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

On November 21, 2008, Johnson was a special guest performer for a Women In Leadership (a Vancouver organization promoting women’s role in the media) foundation called SuperWomen & Friends – A Red Carpet Gala.


 

Born Alexis Ann Thorpe
April 19, 1980 (age 31)
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present
Spouse Corey Pearson
(m. 2009-present; 1 child)

 

Career

Also in 2003, she made an appearance as Jennifer in American Wedding. In 2004, she appeared in the third episode of House as the patient’s young, doting fiancee. In 2007 she appeared in an independent film The Man from Earth as Linda Murphy and as Kyla Bradley in Nightmare City 2035.

Alexis was first discovered in a workshop production of “Assassins”, leading to her career in movies and starting with The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, followed by roles in The Forsaken and Pretty Cool. She has performed at the Pacific Light Opera and local community theaters in Orange County.

Personal life

She married actor Corey Pearson in 2009.According to her former “Days of our lives” cast-mate Kirsten Storms, Alexis gave birth to the couple’s first child, a son, on June 7, 2011.


 

Born Alexis Gabbriel Dziena
July 8, 1984 (age 27)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2002–present

 

Early life

Dziena was born in New York City and is of Irish, Italian and Polish descent. She attended the private Saint Ann’s School alongside her Bringing Rain (2003) costar, Paz de la Huerta. She spent many of her summers growing up in the small South Jersey shore town of Sea Isle City. Also, during high school, she attended classes at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and appeared in plays there as well.

Career

Dziena made her acting debut in TNT’s Witchblade. One of her first major roles was in the Lifetime Channel originalShe’s Too Young, in which she portrayed a sexually active teenager alongside Miriam McDonald of Degrassi: The Next Generation fame.

She also played the role of Heather, a sexually frustrated young woman in a loving relationship, who takes part in a couple swap as part of therapy in the film Sex and Breakfast. The film also starred Eliza Dushku and Macaulay Culkin.

In the ABC television series Invasion she played the sheriff’s daughter Kira Underlay. Dziena also appeared frequently on the sixth season of the HBO seriesEntourage. She also co-starred in the 2008 films Fool’s Gold and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.

In addition to acting, Dziena is a budding playwright and drummer.


 

Born Kimberly Alexis Bledel
September 16, 1981 (age 30)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1996–present

 

Early life

Bledel was born Kimberly Alexis Bledel in Houston, Texas. Her mother, Nanette Dozier, is originally from Mexico, and her father, Martin Bledel, is of Danish descent and is originally from Argentina.She has a younger brother named Eric. Her first language is Spanish, and she did not learn English until she began school. Bledel’s mother encouraged her to try community theater when she was a child to overcome her shyness. She attended Catholic St. Agnes Academy in Houston. Bledel also attended Baptist and Lutheran school.

As a child, Bledel appeared in local productions of Our Town and The Wizard of Oz.[citation needed] She was scouted at a local shopping mall and given work as a fashion model. She went to Page Parkes Center for Modeling and Acting and attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts for one year.

Career

Bledel made her television debut in a co-starring role on The WB series Gilmore Girls in 2000. She portrayed Rory Gilmore, the daughter of single mother Lorelai Gilmore. Initially, Rory was a high school student at an exclusive private academy, living with her mother in a small town in Connecticut, but later moved on to college at Yale University, where she, among other things, worked as the editor of the Yale Daily News. Bledel made her film debut in Tuck Everlasting, released in 2002, though she had worked as an extra in the 1998 film Rushmore.

She appeared as the main character in the music video for Less Than Jake’s “She’s Gonna Break Soon”, lead single from their 2003 album Anthem.[citation needed]In 2005, she starred in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants based on the book by Ann Brashares. She played Lena Kaligaris, an artist on a journey with her three best friends, linked over the summer by a pair of “magical” jeans.

In 2005, Bledel portrayed Becky, a prostitute, in the movie Sin City. “She’s a very professional prostitute. She carries a gun and she kicks ass,” said Bledel of Becky.

In 2006, Bledel starred in I’m Reed Fish as Reed Fish’s fiance. Bledel reprised her role of Lena Kaligaris from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in the film’s sequel, released in August 2008. Bledel next starred in Post Grad, which opened on August 21, 2009, alongside Jane Lynch, Michael Keaton, and Carol Burnett.

Bledel in June 2008

In 2009, Bledel starred opposite Scott Porter in the film The Good Guy, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival April 26, 2009. In this, Porter plays a Wall Street businessman whose life begins to fall apart when he helps out a new salesman. Bledel played Beth, Porter’s girlfriend. She was also a guest star on the two-hour series finale of ER, playing new intern Dr. Julia Wise.

In May 2009, Bledel signed a contract with the modeling division of IMG.

In 2010, Bledel appeared in the historical drama The Conspirator directed by Robert Redford. She plays the girlfriend of Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy), the lawyer who defended Mary Surratt, the first woman to be hanged in the United States, played by Robin Wright. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and is expected to hit theaters in spring 2011.

Also in 2010, Bledel completed work as the lead actress in the independent Canadian film The Kate Logan Affair. The film was presented at Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2010.

Future work

Bledel has recently been cast in a new movie entitled The Letters, which is anticipated to be released in 2011. The Letters is a drama / thriller film by director Todd Fjelsted and is currently in pre-production.

It has also been announced that Bledel will be joining the cast of Love, Loss, and What I Wore, a hit Off Broadway show written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron. She is scheduled to perform in early 2011.

Personal life

Bledel dated her Gilmore Girls co-star Milo Ventimiglia from December 2002 to July 2006


 

Born Alexandra Maria Plătăreanu
November 12, 1978 (age 33)
Bucharest, Romania
Years active 1997–present
Spouse Sam Riley (2009–present)

 

Early life

Born in Bucharest, Lara is the only child of Valentin Plătăreanu, a Bucharest actor, and his wife, Doina, a homemaker. When she was four (in 1983) her family decided to flee to West Germany to escape Nicolae Ceauşescu’s regime inCommunist Romania. Although the family had originally planned to emigrate to Canada, they settled down in Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, before eventually moving to Berlin.

After graduating at the Französisches Gymnasium Berlin in 1997, Lara went on studying acting under the management of her father, co-founder of the Theaterwerkstatt Charlottenburg, until 2000.

Career

By age sixteen she was already playing lead roles in various television dramas. Since then her career has developed and she has become a respected film actress.

Her most famous role to date, which has resulted in international recognition, is as Traudl Junge, Adolf Hitler’s secretary, in the Oscar-nominated 2004 film Der Untergang (Downfall).

Due to her convincing performance in Der Untergang, Francis Ford Coppola wrote her a letter and gave her a leading role in Youth Without Youth (2007).

Lara at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival

In 2007 she also appeared as journalist Annik Honoré in the film Control, the Ian Curtis biopic. In 2008, she served as a member of the Cannes Film Festival jury.

She played a lead role in Greek director Theo Angelopoulos’s 2008 film The Dust of Time, opposite Irène Jacob and Bruno Ganz.

Speaking French fluently, she also appeared in several French productions, including Napoléon and L’Affaire Farewell.

More recently, she appeared in The Reader and Der Baader Meinhof Komplex which were both nominated for the 81st Academy Awards (best picture and best foreign language film, respectively).

Alexandra is fluent in Romanian, German, French and English.[citation needed]

Personal life

In August 2009 she married English actor Sam Riley with whom she acted in the movie Control


 

Born Alexa Ellesse Vega
August 27, 1988 (age 23)
Miami, Florida, US
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1993–present
Spouse Sean Covel (2010-present)

 

Early life

Vega was born in Miami, Florida. Her father is Colombian Baruch Vega –a former undercover government agent with the DEA, FBI and CIA– is now a Miami fashion photographer. Her mother is Gina Rue  Alexa has six siblings: paternal half-sister Margaux Vega (b.1981), sister Krizia Vega (b.1990), sister Makenzie Vega (b.1994; starred in Sawand Sin City), maternal half-sister Greylin James (b.2000), maternal half-brother Jet James (b.2005), and maternal half-brother Cruz Hudson Rue (b.2009). She moved with her family to California when she was four years old. She attended Notre Dame Catholic High School.

Career

Acting

In 1996, Vega starred as young Jo Harding in Twister. She guest-starred in numerous television shows and films, including ERFollow the Stars HomeGhost Whisperer, and The Bernie Mac Show. She became known worldwide in 2001 for her role as Carmen Cortez in Spy Kids. The first Spy Kids movie was a huge success, and subsequently two sequels, Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over were filmed. During the shooting of the three films, she performed most of her own stunts. Vega reprised the role in the 2011 sequel, Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World.

In 2003, she was named one of that year’s hottest teen celebrities in Vanity Fair. In 2004, Vega finished filming two movies: Sleepover and State’s Evidence, and in the following year starred in a made-for-television drama entitled Odd Girl Out as a victim of cyber-bullying. She also filmed for another made-for-TV movie, Walkout. In June 2006, she finished filming Remember the Daze, which came out to limited theaters in April 2007. She also finished filming Repo! the Genetic Opera, which was released in 2008. Vega has also been confirmed as the lead role in Helix, written and directed by Aram Rappaport, which began filming in Chicago in March 2008. Vega was originally cast in Robert Rodriguez’s Shorts, however, due to her being in Australia for the filming of Broken Hill, she had to be recast. She was replaced by Kat Dennings.

In 2009, she played Ruby Gallagher on the ABC Family television sitcom Ruby & The Rockits, which also starred Patrick & David Cassidy. The series was not renewed for a second season.

Vega made her Broadway debut as Penny Pingleton in Hairspray in 2007.

Music

She recorded three songs for the soundtracks while playing Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids films. She released her debut single, “Isle of Dreams”, to coincide with the release of the second film. She also released “Game Over”, for the third film. Another song, “Heart Drive” featuring Bobby Edner, was also recorded for Spy Kids 3. She also has recorded songs for the movie Repo! The Genetic Opera, released in 2008.

Vega sang the song “Christmas is the Time to Say ‘I Love You'” in the ABC Family film Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe. The track appears on the compilation album Songs to Celebrate 25 Days of Christmas, which was released on November 3, 2009 by Walt Disney Records. The music video for the song premiered during the ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas programming block in 2009.

Alexa Vega is not planning on furthering her musical career as she prefers acting.

Personal life

Vega enjoys freshwater fishing, can speak Spanish fluently, is an experienced gymnast, and describes herself as a Christian. Vega was married on October 10, 2010 to producer Sean Covel, in a ceremony held in his hometown of Lead, South Dakota. She wore an Ian Stuart gown and was walked down the aisle byRobert Rodriguez

 


 

Birth name Alesha Anjanette Dixon
Born 7 October 1978 (age 33)
Welwyn Garden City,Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Genres R&B, hip hop, UK garage
Occupations Singer, songwriter, model,rapper, dancer, television presenter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1999–present
Labels Polydor Records (2005–2006)
Asylum Records (2008–2011)
Atlantic Records (2008–2011)
Associated acts Mis-Teeq
Roll Deep
Jay Sean
Website aleshadixon.com

 

Early life

Alesha Anjanette Dixon was born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, on 7 October 1978, to an English mother, Beverly Harris, and Jamaican father, Melvin Dixon; she is mixed race. Dixon has five half-brothers named Adrian, Mark, John, Jeroame, Callum and one half-sister called Leyanne. She was educated at Monk’s Walk School, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. Dixon’s mother and father split up when Dixon was four years old and Dixon’s father moved away, resulting in Dixon later describing her family life as “very dysfunctional”. Between the ages of eight and ten, Dixon witnessed her mother suffer domestic abuse from her partner; she only spoke publicly about the issue 21 years later, in 2010. Dixon created a documentary for the BBC,Don’t Hit My Mum, regarding the issue of domestic abuse from a child’s perspective, and remarked upon her own childhood: “When I think about that time, I don’t remember living in harmony, I don’t remember any fun times, I suppose because the negativity has clouded it. The negative times and the scary times have blocked anything that was good […] I believe that every child has the right to grow up in an environment where they feel secure and fearless going into the world, and I didn’t really feel that”.

Her first job was at Ladbrokes, although she aspired to become a PE teacher after leaving college. After completing a diploma course in sports studies, she had planned to take up a place at Loughborough University,but whilst at dance classes in London she was approached by a talent scout from a production company. Whilst travelling back home on the train she was approached by another scout who was forming a band and asked if she was interested.Dixon’s musical hopes had previously been met with scepticism from Melvin Dixon, as he encouraged Alesha to follow a more academic career path. Dixon explained that “his view was there weren’t many black British musicians who were overly successful. I said, ‘Dad, I can’t base my decision on what people haven’t done'”.Ignoring her father’s advice, Dixon decided to pursue a career in music.

History

1999-05: Mis-Teeq

Dixon’s career began in 1999 when she met Sabrina Washington when they both joined a dance school in Fulham, south west London. Together they decided to form a band when Dixon and Washington, the two co-founders, spotted Su-Elise Nash, a girl auditioning for another band.Dixon and Washington proposed that Nash join the group and together they formed a trio. They were soon signed to Telstar Records with the addition of a new member, Zena McNally, and became the popular UK garage/R&B girl band, Mis-Teeq.

After months of recording throughout 1999 and early 2000, Mis-Teeq released their debut single “Why?” in January 2001, however, it was not long before McNally left the band. The band made a decision to remain a trio. In October 2001, they released their debut album Lickin’ On Both Sides, featuring hits “All I Want”, “One Night Stand”, “B with Me” and double A-side single “Roll On/This Is How We Do It”. In 2002 Mis-Teeq performed and received a nomination at the BRIT Awards in Earls Court, later in the year band won the MOBO Award for Best Garage Act.After the success of their debut album, 2003 saw Mis-Teeq becoming the faces of JD Sports stores nationwide.

In 2003, Mis-teeq released their second album Eye Candy, which included the singles “Scandalous”, “Can’t Get It Back” and “Style”. In 2004, Mis-Teeq toured the United States and released their debut single Scandalous from their American self-titled debut, a compilation of the albums Lickin’ On Both Sides and Eye Candy. They also released “One Night Stand” before coming back to Europe to start work with their third album however, Telstar Records went into administration. The band was left with no choice but to release a Greatest Hits compilation under exclusive licences with Universal Records.

The last song Dixon recorded with Mis-Teeq was “Shoo Shoo Baby” for the Disney film Valiant. In March 2005, their Greatest Hits compilation was released and it was announced that they were separating to pursue solo careers.

2006-08: Fired Up and record label departure

I never lost the desire to [want to] carry on in music – that’s all I know, all I’ve ever dreamed of doing, it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do so, I think, never give up.

Alesha Dixon, discussing her thoughts on being dropped by her record label, Polydor.

Dixon launched her solo career after Mis-Teeq’s breakup and signed a £500,000, three-album deal with Polydor Records. She spent a year writing and recording her solo debut album, Fired Up, working with a wide range of producers includingRichard X, Xenomania, Johnny Douglas, Brian Higgins, Estelle and Paul Epworth. During this period Dixon performedmononymously, known simply as “Alesha”.

In June 2005, she announced her first solo single to be “Superficial”. However, at the last minute, the song “Lipstick” was chosen as the first single. “Lipstick” was released on 14 August 2006, and charted at 14 on the UK Single Charts. She released her second single “Knockdown” on 30 October 2006, which charted at 25 on the UK Download Chart. However on the official UK Singles Charts, the single peaked at number 45, falling down to 68 the following week.

On 6 November 2006, it was revealed that Dixon had been dropped by her label, Polydor Records. Polydor gave her full rights to her unreleased debut album,Fired Up. Her first single from the album, “Lipstick”, got to number 1 in Japan’s international ringtone chart and number 2 in MTV Japan’s hit list. Fired Up was officially released in Japan on 20 February 2008.

2008-09: The Alesha Show

Dixon performing at the Christmas lights switch on in Leeds 6 November 2008.

After her victory on Strictly Come Dancing Dixon soon became at the centre of a bidding war between record labels, and evenPolydor Records, the label that had dropped her months previously, put in an offer.Dixon, however, chose to sign a four-album contract with Asylum Records in 2008.Dixon’s first new album as part of her contract, The Alesha Show was released in the UK on 24 November 2008 and 21 November in Ireland. The official first single from the album, “The Boy Does Nothing” became her first solo top ten hit on the UK Singles Chart, following a 76 spot jump from 84 to 8 on the UK Singles Chart chart on downloads alone. The single eventually peaked at number 5. The song also fared well in continental Europe and is rising on the Australian Singles Chart. The second single from The Alesha Show was “Breathe Slow” and entered the UK Singles Chart at number thirty-nine solely on download sales. The single rose for three weeks before breaking into the top ten at number six, giving Dixon her second top ten hit in the UK from downloads alone, and eventually peaked at number 3 on the Top 40 UK Charts, giving Dixon her second consecutive top 5 single. She also put a song up on her website for free download on 19 October 2008 named “Colours of the Rainbow”.

The third single from The Alesha Show, titled “Let’s Get Excited” was physically released on 11 May and reached a peak position of 13 in the UK Singles Chart. “Let’s Get Excited” became Dixon’s first track from The Alesha Show not to chart inside the top 10 in the UK Singles Chart. The song’s presence in the charts boosted album sales and The Alesha Show rebounded at a new peak of 11. On 9 June it was announced on Dixon’s official website that the album had received platinum certification from BPI, indicating sales of 300,000+ in the UK alone.

The fourth single from The Alesha Show, called “To Love Again” was released on 15 November 2009. The track, a ballad penned by Dixon and Gary Barlow, was the first single taken from the deluxe version, entitled The Alesha Show – Encore, released on 23 November. Dixon also embarked upon a 17-date national tour, named The Alesha Show, which began on 20 October 2009 in Nottingham.

2010-11: The Entertainer

In early 2010, Dixon began work on her third studio album, The Entertainer, which she intended to release during the summer. In May 2010 the Daily Star claimed that Dixon has been working with producer Jim Beanz and that Beanz stated “We’re going to build some up-tempo dance songs to take the UK and the US by storm”. She hopes to release the album in the US. Dixon’s fansite also stated that Dixon had confirmed that she would once again be creating music withXenomania, the producers who created “The Boy Does Nothing”. On 15 March Dixon flew to Denmark to begin recording with Soulshock & Karlin, the producers of Dixon’s “Breathe Slow”. Dixon’s fan site later reported that Dixon had secured a recording session with Rodney Jerkins, a record producer who has produced records for Michael Jackson’s final studio album Invincible and most recently produced Lady Gaga and Beyoncé’s “Telephone”.

Dixon herself later confirmed via a diary update not on her official site but her fansite that she had recorded 2 tracks with Soulshock & Karlin and also revealed she had just finished recording a new track named “Bionic”. Dixon described “Bionic” as “a powerful, fun, quirky song all about being strong when life tests you”.On 16 June Dixon revealed on a post on her fansite that the upcoming album is to be called Unleashed, and on 30 June her fansite president revealed the lead single is a track called “Drummer Boy”, produced by Haitian-American producer, Shama Joseph p/k/a “Sham” or “ShamRock”. Dixon has also announced that she has worked with Busbee, who wrote Alexandra Burke’s “Bad Boys”, on new tracks for her album, and has also announced that she and Gary Barlow have “become good friends” and he is to write for her new album. On 5 August it was revealed that Dixon had decided to change the album name from Unleashed toThe Entertainer. On 16 September it was announced that Dixon has collaborated with Roll Deep, and features the band’s forthcoming single “Take Control”.The second single from the album is “Radio”. The third single was confirmed to be “Every Little Part of Me”, which features guest vocals from Jay Sean. Other album cuts include “La La La” and “Cool with Me,” which were written in part or full by another “Bad Boys” writer, Alex James.

Upon the release of The Entertainer, the album charted poorly only peaking at number eighty-four on the UK Albums Chart. The second single released with the album also charted lowly, only peaking at number forty-six on the UK Singles Chart. Subsequently, Alesha and her record label Atlantic/Asylum parted ways. Dixon was critised by viewers and fans of Strictly Come Dancing when she appeared drunk on Alan Carr’s Chatty Man and revelead intimate details of the contestants in December 2011.

Other projects

Dixon performing in 2009.

In January 2008, less than a month after her profile was raised due to her victory on Strictly Come Dancing, Dixon signed a deal with Ford to endorse the new Ford Focus, an ad campaign featuring her was made, and a track called ‘4 U I Will’ was recorded using real car parts. Dixon said, “When Ford first showed me the original TV ad and the incredible instruments I immediately wanted to get involved.” Some of the instruments being used were the ‘door harp’, the ‘clutch guitar’ and the ‘hatchback kick drum’, in total 21 parts were taken from the car and transformed into unique looking instruments. In February 2008 Dixon fronted a campaign for the Department of Health, promoting safe sex.The sum of money she received was never disclosed despite calls to have the sum made public. Later in 2008 Alesha became the face of a new Veet campaign.

In May 2009, Dixon collaborated with clothing label Dune, selling limited edition necklaces, with all the profits being donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust. John Eagen, Dune’s CEO stated that “they are delighted to have Alesha support this cause”. The necklace, which consists of three layers of gold, pewter and silver balls, was launched by Dixon to help raise awareness for the charity.In June 2009, Dixon fronted a new campaign for Tobleronechocolate, offering fans a free download of an exclusive new track called “Before the Sun Goes Down”.Fans were also able to enter a competition to win a pair of VIP tickets to see Dixon in concert and meet her. Jane Furze, Toblerone Marketing Manager said in a statement, “We’re delighted to have Alesha on board – she’s a great personality and the perfect fit with the brand”.In November 2009, it was announced that Dixon had signed a signed a four-year profit sharing deal with LA Fitness, to become brand ambassador for the gym chain as part of their multi-million pound re-launch scheme. Dixon’s contract was described as “unique” by LA Fitness, as Dixon is not only endorsing the gym chain, but taking on an advisory role. The pay Dixon receives is in direct correlation to the gym’s success over the term of the deal, meaning Dixon could earn up to £3 million in bonuses, considerably higher than the flat-fee that endorsers usually receive.

When asked by The Observer in 2010 whether celebrities have a responsibility to do good works, Dixon replied: “Absolutely. There are so many things you could reel off as negatives – your private life is exposed, every move is scrutinised – at the same time, you can think: ‘Wow, I’m in a position to shine a light into these areas.’ That’s a powerful tool because, actually, it’s quite a selfish job. It’s a moral responsibility, I guess, I think I have.” In 2009 Alesha climbed Mt Kilimanjaroin Tanzania for Comic Relief. Joining her on the climb were Girls Aloud members Cheryl Cole and Kimberley Walsh, Ben Shephard, Gary Barlow, Ronan Keating,Fearne Cotton, Denise Van Outen, and Chris Moyles. Together they raised over £3,500,000 towards helping combat malaria in Tanzania. The whole team met Gordon Brown at 10 Downing Street. Dixon had previously been to Downing Street just months before the climb to meet with Sarah Brown in honour of theCosmopolitan ultimate women of the year awards.While discussing the malaria issue in Tanzania, Dixon said,

“I think people in England take things for granted, we complain about our NHS system and yes it’s not perfect but believe me it’s far better than what they’ve got there.”

Dixon backed Nickelodeon’s ‘See Something, Say Something’ campaign which is the UK’s anti-bullying initiative. The campaign aims to encourage children to speak out against bullies and help children gain the confidence to tell someone if they, or someone they know is being bullied. As the face of the campaign Alesha said: “Nickelodeon’s See Something, Say Something campaign is extremely close to my heart, so I felt compelled to show my support. I was bullied as a child and know how important it is to tell someone about it”. Dixon is also a patron of the African-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT), which is a voluntary charity, whose main aim is to increase the number of Black and Mixed Parentage people on the UK Bone Marrow Register. The members of the ACLT freely volunteer their time in attempting to raise awareness in the Black community; enabling potential donors to come forward and be involved in the process of offering hope and a healthy future to someone whose disorder may otherwise prove fatal. In June 2009 Dixon was asked to become an official ambassador for the charity, ‘Help a London Child’. In a statement Dixon said “I am very honoured that Help a London Child have asked me to be an ambassador and I have accepted. I have supported the charity for some time now and it makes sense to make my involvement more official. I am looking forward to continuing my support and I have already volunteered to run the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon to help raise funds for the charity!” Help a London Child Manager Kate Crabtree said, “This is fantastic news for Help a London Child and we are absolutely delighted. Alesha’s thoughtfulness and compassion make her the perfect ambassador and we look forward to her continued invaluable support.”

Speaking in August 2010 to noted UK urban writer Pete Lewis – Assistant Editor of Blues & Soul – about her all-round positive attitude towards her philanthropic work, Dixon said: “Being in the entertainment industry I do feel I have a responsibility that comes with my fame. And, while some celebrities may spend their time moaning about the negative things that come along with being famous, my thing is, if you are in the limelight then why not try to find positive things that come with it? And for me the most positive thing is shedding light on subjects that matter but don’t normally get a look-in!”

In May 2011, it has been rumoured that Dixon may possibly replace Cheryl Cole on the upcoming season of the British X Factor. However she turned down the role due to her commitment to Strictly Come Dancing. In July 2011, Alesha Dixon was announced as associate producer for short film ‘Victims’ about domestic violence and its consequences, which has been nominated for the Film London Best of Borough Film Awards and is now online.

Alesha is a supporter of the League Against Cruel Sports, a charity which works to end cruelty to animals in the name of sport.

On 24th July 2011, Alesha appeared at The Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City with actor, Elliot Brown for the The Barn Theatre presents… to raise money for the Theatre’s Studio Project to build a new studio theatre for its youth groups.

Modelling and television career

As a model, Dixon is represented by Select Model Management and has appeared on the cover of CosmopolitanFHMArenaCompanyBliss and other magazines and in various other editorial fashion shoots. In 2008 a poll showed that Dixon had “Britain’s sexiest legs” beating Alexandra Burke, Naomi Campbell,Tiana Benjamin, Lily Cole and others. Dixon was cast as the lead female in the music video for “She Wants to Move” by N.E.R.D. Dixon has been featured inFHM’s annual 100 sexiest women in the world poll on a number of occasions. She is managed by Malcolm Blair.

Dixon has also presented many well-known shows in the UK, such as the MOBO AwardsCD:UK, ITV2’s coverage of The Brit Awards and presented the Live From the Red Carpet show at the 62nd British Academy Film Awards for E!. She has also been a guest on BBC One’s current affairs programme This Week on two occasions, in November 2006 and December 2007. In 2009 it was reported that Dixon was in talks with television companies about a possible chatshow. In 2009 she co-presented Children in Need alongside Terry Wogan and Tess Daly, she also presented 2008’s coverage from BT Tower. She returned to present the telethon in 2011 alongside Fearne Cotton, Tess Daly and Terry Wogan.

In March 2010, she presented the Mister World 2010 pageant, which took place in Incheon, Korea.

Dixon took part in series 5 of hit TV show Strictly Come Dancing in 2007, partnered with professional dancer Matthew Cutler. Dixon was at first hesitant to join, fearing that snobbery within the music industry would damage her career. In a later interview she said, “There’s always this preconceived idea that people do reality TV shows because they want to kick-start their careers whereas I was actually worried that it would affect it.” They had been the favourite from the third week, receiving the most points from the judges on numerous occasions. Dixon herself gained high appraisal from the judges, even being likened to a “young Josephine Baker” by Bruno Tonioli.They received 4.5 million votes in the final, beating actor Matt Di Angelo and professional dancer Flavia Cacace to win the glitter disco ball.

Dixon was dubbed the “British Beyoncé” by Strictly Come Dancing host Bruce Forsyth, Alesha later said “There’s only one Beyoncé. When Bruce said that, I got embarrassed. It’s very sweet… but it’s not true.” Mis-Teeq were often cited as the British equivalent to Destiny’s Child; the trio that first gave Beyoncé media attention


Born June 9, 1983 (age 28)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Other names Alektra Blue
Ethnicity Caucasian
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 110 lb (50 kg; 7.9 st)
Spouse Pat Myne
No. of adult films 200+
Website
http://www.clubalektrablue.com/

Alektra Blue (born June 9, 1983) is an American pornographic actress.

Blue was born in Phoenix, Arizona, but grew up in the Dallas, Texas area. She began working in the adult industry in January 2005. The person that got her into porn was her best friend, Taryn Thomas. She was married to performer and director Pat Myne.

In April 2008, Blue was the Penthouse Pet of the Month and signed an exclusive performance contract withWicked Pictures.

Blue appears in the music video for the 2010 single “Telephone” by Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé. She also appears, alongside fellow Wicked Pictures contract star Kaylani Lei, in the Free Speech Coalition’s April 2010 “All-Star Anti-Piracy PSA”

Awards

  • 2006 F.A.M.E. Award – Favorite Rookie Starlet of the Year (joint with Brandy Talore)
  • 2010 AVN Award – Best Group Sex Scene – 2040
  • 2011 AVN Award – The Fan Awards – Best Body

 

Birth name Alanis Nadine Morissette
Born June 1, 1974 (age 37)
Origin Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Genres Alternative rock, pop rock,electronica
Occupations Singer, songwriter, actress, record producer
Instruments Piano, guitar, flute, harmonica, bass, vocals
Years active 1987–present
Labels MCA Canada, Maverick,Warner Bros., Epiphany Music
Website alanis.com

 

Early life

Morissette was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Georgia Mary Ann (née Feuerstein), a teacher ofHungarian descent, and Alan Richard Morissette, a French-Canadian high school principal. She has a twin brother Wade Morissette (also a musician) who was born 12 minutes after her. Morissette’s parents were devout Catholics. She attended Glebe Collegiate Institute (Ottawa, Canada) for high school.

Music career

1990–92: Alanis and Now Is the Time

In 1991 MCA Records Canada released Morissette’s debut album, Alanis, in Canada only. Morissette co-wrote every track on the album with its producer, Leslie Howe. By the time it was released, she had dropped her stage name and was credited simply as Alanis. The dance-pop album went platinum, and its first single, “Too Hot”, reached the top twenty on the RPM singles chart. Subsequent singles “Walk Away” and “Feel Your Love” reached the top 40. Morissette’s popularity, style of music and appearance, particularly that of her hair, led her to become known as the Debbie Gibson of Canada; comparisons to Tiffany were also common. During the same period, she was a concert opening act for rapper Vanilla Ice.Morissette was nominated for three 1992 Juno Awards: Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year (which she won), Single of the Year and Best Dance Recording (both for “Too Hot”).

In 1992, she released her second album, Now Is the Time, a ballad-driven record that featured less glitzy production than Alanis and contained more thoughtful lyrics. Morissette wrote the songs with the album’s producer, Leslie Howe, and Serge Côté. She said of the album, “people could go, ‘Boo, hiss, hiss, this girl’s like another Tiffany or whatever.’ But the way I look at it … people will like your next album if it’s a suck-ass one.” As with AlanisNow Is the Time was released only in Canada and produced three top 40 singles—”An Emotion Away”, the minor adult contemporary hit “No Apologies” and “(Change Is) Never a Waste of Time”. It was a commercial failure, however, selling only a little more than half the copies of her first album. With her two-album deal with MCA Records Canada complete, Morissette was left without a major label contract.

1993–97: Move to Los Angeles and Jagged Little Pill

In 1993 Morissette’s publisher MCA Music Publishing introduced her to manager Scott Welch.Welch told HitQuarters he was impressed by her “spectacular voice”, her character and her lyrics. At the time she was still living at home with her parents. Together they decided it would be best for her career to move to Toronto and start writing with other people. After graduating from high school, Morissette moved from Ottawa to Toronto. Her publisher funded part of her development and when she met producer and songwriter Glen Ballard, he believed in her talent enough to let her use his studio. The two wrote and recorded Morissette’s first internationally released album, Jagged Little Pill, and by the spring of 1995, she had signed a deal with Maverick Records. According to manager Welch every label they had approached had passed on Morissette apart from Maverick.
After the success of “You Oughta Know”, the album’s other hit singles helped send Jagged Little Pill to the top of the charts. “All I Really Want” and “Hand In My Pocket” followed, but the fourth U.S. single, “Ironic”, became Morissette’s biggest hit. “You Learn” and “Head over Feet”, the fifth and sixth singles, respectively, kept Jagged Little Pill in the top twenty on the Billboard200 albums chart for more than a year. According to the RIAA, Jagged Little Pill sold more than 16 million copies in the U.S.; it sold 33 million worldwide,making it the second biggest selling album by a female artist (behind Shania Twain’s Come On Over). Morissette’s popularity grew significantly in Canada, where the album was certified twelve times platinum and produced four RPM chart-toppers: “Hand In My Pocket”, “Ironic”, “You Learn”, and “Head over Feet”. The album was also a bestseller in Australia and the United Kingdom.Maverick Records released Jagged Little Pill internationally in 1995. The album was expected only to sell enough for Morissette to make a follow-up, but the situation changed quickly when KROQ-FM, an influential Los Angeles modern rock radio station, began playing “You Oughta Know”, the album’s first single. The song instantly garnered attention for its scathing, explicit lyrics, and a subsequent music video went into heavy rotation on MTV and MuchMusic.

Morissette’s success with Jagged Little Pill was credited with leading to the introduction of female singers such as Shakira, Tracy Bonham, Meredith Brooks, Patti Rothberg and, in the early 2000s, Pink and fellow Canadian Avril Lavigne. She was criticized for collaborating with producer and supposed image-maker Ballard, and her previous albums also proved a hindrance for her respectability.Morissette and the album won six Juno Awards in 1996: Album of the Year, Single of the Year (“You Oughta Know”), Female Vocalist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Best Rock Album. At the 1996 Grammy Awards, she won Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, Best Rock Song (both for “You Oughta Know”), Best Rock Album and Album of the Year.

Later in 1996, Morissette embarked on an 18-month world tour in support of Jagged Little Pill, beginning in small clubs and ending in large venues. Taylor Hawkins, who later joined the Foo Fighters, was the tour’s drummer. “Ironic” was nominated for two 1997 Grammy Awards—Record of the Year and Best Music Video, Short Form—and won Single of the Year at the 1997 Juno Awards, where Morissette also won Songwriter of the Year and the International Achievement Award.The video Jagged Little Pill, Live, which was co-directed by Morissette and chronicled the bulk of her tour, won a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Long Form.

Following the stressful tour, Morissette started practicing Iyengar Yoga for balancing, and after the last December 1996 show, she headed to India for six weeks, accompanied by her mother, two aunts and two female friends.

1998–2000: Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie and Alanis Unplugged

Privately, the label hoped to sell a million copies of the album on initial release; instead, it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart with first-week sales of 469,000 copies—a record, at the time, for the highest first-week sales of an album by a female artist. The wordy, personal lyrics on Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie alienated many fans, and after the album sold considerably less than Jagged Little Pill, many labelled it an example of the sophomore jinx.However, it received positive reviews, including a four-star review from Rolling Stone. In Canada, it won the Juno Award for Best Album and was certified four times platinum. “Thank U”, the album’s only major international hit single, was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance; the music video, which featured Morissette nude, generated mild controversy. Morissette herself directed the videos for “Unsent” and “So Pure”, which won, respectively, the MuchMusic Video Award for Best Director and the Juno Award for Video of the Year.The “So Pure” video features actorDash Mihok, with whom Morissette was in a relationship at the time.Morissette was featured as a guest vocalist on Ringo Starr’s cover of “Drift Away” on his 1998 album,Vertical Man, and on the songs “Don’t Drink the Water” and “Spoon” on the Dave Matthews Band albumBefore These Crowded Streets. She recorded the song “Uninvited” for the soundtrack to the 1998 film City of Angels. Although the track was never commercially released as a single, it received widespread radio airplay in the U.S. At the 1999 Grammy Awards, it won in the categories of Best Rock Song and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, and was nominated for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. Later in 1998, Morissette released her fourth album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, which she wrote and produced with Glen Ballard.

Morissette contributed vocals to “Mercy”, “Hope”, “Innocence”, and “Faith”, four tracks on Jonathan Elias’s project The Prayer Cycle, which was released in 1999. The same year, she released the live acoustic album Alanis Unplugged, which was recorded during her appearance on the television show MTV Unplugged. It featured tracks from her previous two albums alongside four new songs, including “King of Pain” (a cover of The Police song) and “No Pressure over Cappuccino”, which Morissette wrote with her main guitar player, Nick Lashley. The recording of the Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie track “That I Would Be Good”, released as a single, became a minor hit on hot adult contemporary radio in America. Also in 1999, Morissette released a live version of her song “Are You Still Mad” on the charity album Live in the X Lounge II. For her live rendition of “So Pure” at Woodstock ’99, she was nominated for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the2001 Grammy Awards. During summer 1999, Alanis toured with singer/songwriter Tori Amos on the 5 And A Half Weeks Tour in support of Amos’ album To Venus And Back.

2001–03: Under Rug Swept and Feast on Scraps

In 2001, Morissette was featured with Stephanie McKay on the Tricky song “Excess”, which is on his album Blowback. Morissette released her fifth studio album,Under Rug Swept, in February 2002. For the first time in her career, she took on the role of sole writer and producer of an album. Her band, comprising Joel Shearer, Nick Lashley, Chris Chaney, and Gary Novak, played the majority of the instruments; additional contributions came from Eric Avery, Dean DeLeo, Flea, and Meshell Ndegeocello.

Under Rug Swept debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, eventually going platinum in Canada and selling one million copies in the U.S.[12][41] It produced the hit single “Hands Clean”, which topped the Canadian Singles Chart and received substantial radio play; for her work on “Hands Clean” and “So Unsexy”, Morissette won a Juno Award for Producer of the Year. A second single, “Precious Illusions”, was released, but it did not garner significant success outside Canada or U.S. hot AC radio.

Later in 2002, Morissette released the combination package Feast on Scraps, which includes a DVD of live concert and backstage documentary footage directed by her and a CD containing eight previously unreleased songs from the Under Rug Swept recording sessions. Preceded by the single “Simple Together”, it sold roughly 70,000 copies in the U.S. and was nominated for a Juno Award for Music DVD of the Year.

2004–05: So-Called ChaosJagged Little Pill Acoustic and The Collection

Morissette embarked on a U.S. summer tour with long-time friends and fellow Canadians Barenaked Ladies, working with the non-profit environmental organization Reverb.Morissette hosted the Juno Awards of 2004 dressed in a bathrobe, which she took off to reveal a flesh-colored bodysuit, a response to the era of censorship in the U.S. caused by Janet Jackson’s breast-reveal incident during the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show. Morissette released her sixth studio album, So-Called Chaos, in May 2004. She wrote the songs on her own again, and co-produced the album with Tim Thorney and pop music producer John Shanks. The album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 chart to generally mixed critical reviews, and it became Morissette’s lowest seller in the U.S. The lead single, “Everything”, achieved major success on adult top 40 radio in America and was moderately popular elsewhere, particularly in Canada, although it failed to reach the top forty on the U.S. Hot 100. Because the first line of the song includes the wordasshole, American radio stations refused to play it, and the single version was changed to include the word nightmare instead.Two other singles, “Out Is Through” and “Eight Easy Steps”, fared considerably worse commercially than “Everything”, although a dance mix of “Eight Easy Steps” was a U.S. club hit.

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of Jagged Little Pill, Morissette released a studio acoustic version, Jagged Little Pill Acoustic, in June 2005. The album was released exclusively through Starbucks’ Hear Music retail concept through their coffee shops for a six-week run. The limited availability led to a dispute between Maverick Records and HMV North America, who retaliated by removing Morissette’s other albums from sale for the duration of Starbucks’s exclusive six-week sale. As of November 2010, Jagged Little Pill Acoustic had sold 372,000 copies in the U.S., and a video for “Hand in My Pocket” received rotation on VH1 in America. The accompanying tour ran for two months in mid 2005, with Morissette playing small theatre venues. During the same period, Morissette was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.

Morissette opened for The Rolling Stones for a few dates of their A Bigger Bang Tour in the autumn of 2005.

Morissette released the greatest hits album Alanis Morissette: The Collection in late 2005. The lead single and only new track, a cover of Seal’s “Crazy”, was a U.S. adult top 40 and dance hit, but it achieved only minimal chart success elsewhere. A limited edition of The Collection features a DVD including a documentary with videos of two unreleased songs from Morissette’s 1996 Can’t Not Tour: “King of Intimidation” and “Can’t Not”. (A reworked version of “Can’t Not” had also appeared on Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie.) The DVD also includes a ninety-second clip of the unreleased video for the single “Joining You”. As of November 2010, The Collection had sold 373,000 copies in the U.S., according to Soundscan.

Morissette contributed the song “Wunderkind” to the soundtrack of the film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and it was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

Alanis performed two songs with Avril Lavigne: Morissette’s “Ironic” and Lavigne’s “Losing Grip”.

2006–09: Flavors of Entanglement/Leaving Maverick Records

Alanis during a live concert in Barcelona, June 2008

2006 marked the first year in Morissette’s musical career without a single concert appearance showcasing her own songs, with the exception of an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in January when she performed “Wunderkind”.

On April 1, 2007, Morissette released a tongue-in-cheek cover of The Black Eyed Peas’s selection “My Humps”, which she recorded in a slow, mournful voice, accompanied only by a piano. The accompanying YouTube-hosted video, in which she dances provocatively with a group of men and hits the ones who attempt to touch her “lady lumps”, had received 16,465,653 views on February 15, 2009.Morissette did not take any interviews for a time to explain the song, and it was theorized that she did it as an April Fools’ Day joke. Black Eyed Peas vocalist Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson responded by sending Morissette a buttocks-shaped cake with an approving note. On the verge of the release of her latest album, she finally elaborated on how the video came to be, citing that she became very much emotionally loaded while recording her new songs one after the other and one day she wished she could do a simple song like “My Humps” in a conversation with Guy Sigsworth and the joke just took a life of its own when they started working on it.

Morissette performed at a gig for The Nightwatchman, a.k.a. Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave fame, at the Hotel Café in Los Angeles in April 2007. The following June, she performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “O Canada”, the American and Canadian national anthems, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Ottawa Senators and the Anaheim Ducks in Ottawa, Ontario. (The NHL requires arenas to perform both the American and Canadian national anthems at games involving teams from both countries.) In early 2008, Morissette participated in a tour with Matchbox Twenty and Mutemath as a special guest.

Morissette’s seventh studio album, Flavors of Entanglement, which was produced by Guy Sigsworth, was released in mid 2008. She has stated that in late 2008, she would embark on a North American headlining tour, but in the meantime she would be promoting the album internationally by performing at shows and festivals and making television and radio appearances. The album’s first single was “Underneath”, a video for which was submitted to the 2007 Elevate Film Festival, the purpose of which festival was to create documentaries, music videos, narratives and shorts regarding subjects to raise the level of human consciousness on the earth. On October 3, 2008, Morissette released the video for her latest single, “Not as We”.

Morissette left Maverick Records after all promotion for Flavors was completed.

2010–present: Film and eighth studio album

Recently, Morissette has contributed to 1 Giant Leap, performing “Arrival” with Zap Mama and she has released an acoustic version of her song “Still” as part of a compilation from Music for Relief in support of the 2010 Haiti earthquake crisis. Morissette has also recorded a cover of the 1984 Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesiashit, “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before”, re-written as “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”. Nelson played rhythm guitar on the recording.

In April 2010, Morissette released the song “I Remain”, which she wrote for the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time soundtrack.

On May 26, 2010, the season finale of American Idol, Morissette performed a duet of her song “You Oughta Know” with Runner Up Crystal Bowersox.

On October 11, 2011, Alanis posted a picture of herself in a recording studio to her Facebook page. The picture included the message “back in the studio saddle….the songs have come in droves…!”, indicating that Alanis has begun work on her next album. However, it is still unknown if Morissette will be still associated with Maverick Records, after the completion from her last album Flavors of Entanglement. On 20 November 2011, Alanis had appeared at theAmerican Music Awards. Alanis gave a small interview there and Alanis confirmed that she is finishing the studio album, and she had said she has recorded thirty-one songs. She said that the album will be due out in 2012 in Summer or Spring.

In 2010, Morisette’s “Thank U” became a critical song in the soundtrack for the Emilio Estevez movie “The Way”, which stars Martin Sheen.

On December 21, 2011, Alanis performed a duet with finalist Josh Krajcik during the performance finale of the X-Factor.

Acting career

In 1986, Morissette had her first stint as an actor: five episodes of the children’s television show You Can’t Do That on Television. She appeared on stage with theOrpheus Musical Theatre Society in 1985 and 1988.

In 1993, she appeared in the film Just One of the Girls starring Corey Haim, which she described as “horrible”.

In 1999, Morissette delved into acting again, for the first time since 1993, appearing as God in the Kevin Smith comedy Dogma and contributing the song “Still” to its soundtrack. She also appeared in the hit HBO comedies Sex and the City and Curb Your Enthusiasm, appeared in the play The Vagina Monologues, and had a brief role in the Brazilian hit soap opera “Celebridade” (Celebrity).

In late 2003, Morissette appeared in the Off-Broadway play The Exonerated as Sunny Jacobs, a death row inmate freed after proof surfaced that she was innocent. In April 2006, MTV News reported that Morissette would reprise her role in The Exonerated in London from May 23 until May 28.

She expanded her acting credentials with the July 2004 release of the Cole Porter biographical film De-Lovely, in which she performed the song “Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love)” and had a brief role as an anonymous stage performer. In February 2005, she made a guest appearance on the Canadian television show Degrassi: The Next Generation with Dogma co-star Jason Mewes and director Kevin Smith.

In 2006, she guest starred in an episode of Lifetime’s Lovespring International as a homeless woman named Lucinda, three episodes of FX’s Nip/Tuck, playing a lesbian named Poppy, and the mockumentary/documentary Pittsburgh as herself.

Morissette has appeared in eight episodes of Weeds, playing Dr. Audra Kitson, a “no-nonsense obstetrician” who treats pregnant main character Nancy Botwin.[63]Her first episode aired in July 2009.

In early 2010 Morissette returned to the stage, performing a one night engagement in An Oak Tree, an experimental play in Los Angeles. The performance was a sell out. In April 2010 Morissette was confirmed in the cast of Weeds season six, performing again her role as Dr. Audra Kitson.

Morissette also starred in a film adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s novel Radio Free Albemuth. Morissette plays Sylvia, an ordinary woman in unexpected remission from lymphoma. Morissette stated that she is “…a big fan of Philip K. Dick’s poetic and expansively imaginative books” and that she “feel[s] blessed to portray Sylvia, and to be part of this story being told in film”.

Personal life

Morissette dated actor and comedian Dave Coulier, 15 years her senior, for a short time in the early 1990s. In a 2008 interview with the Calgary Herald, Coulier claimed to be the ex-boyfriend who inspired Morissette’s song “You Oughta Know”. Morissette, however, has maintained her silence on the subject of the song.

Morissette met Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds at Drew Barrymore’s birthday party in 2002, and the couple began dating soon after. They announced their engagement in June 2004. In February 2007, representatives for Morissette and Reynolds announced they had mutually decided to end their engagement.Morissette has stated that her album Flavors of Entanglement was created out of her grief after the break-up, saying that “it was cathartic”.

On May 22, 2010, Morissette married rapper Mario “MC Souleye” Treadway in a private ceremony at their Los Angeles home.Their first child, Ever Imre Morissette-Treadway, was born on December 25, 2010.

Morissette is a vegan